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December 3rd, 2009:

Albemarle Sound

We didn’t plan on leaving Elizabeth City today, but the weather report indicated it would be a good day to travel across Albemarle Sound since the wind wasn’t going to be over 20 knots. Our boat sails well in 15 knots of wind and 20 is still manageable. As it turned out, the wind got up to 20 knots providing Gary with a great sail across the 14 mile journey. It was a fabulous day on the Albemarle Sound.

The water was choppy with small white caps as we took down the sails and motored into the Alligator River. I don’t really know if there are alligators in this river, and I don’t really want to know. “Ignorance is bliss” so they say. I don’t know who “they” are; but it seems “they” always know what they’re talking about.

We followed a boat in to the marina where we are staying tonight. We had spoken to the couple on this boat via VHS radio and found out they were going to the same marina we intended to go to for the night. It’s a good thing they knew the route, because it appeared to us to be difficult to find, as rookies. It’s that God and idiot thing working in our favor again…

There is a “swing bridge” right as we leave this marina that we will have to go through in the morning. We‘ve never encountered this type of bridge before, so we’ll give you the scoop on how it all works out in the next blog. It will open on demand, so we won’t have to wait until any particular time to take off in the morning.

 A lady on another boat took pictures of us crossing the sound and e-mailed them to us.  What a gift.

White Swan sailing across the Albemarle sound

White Swan sailing across the Albemarle sound